Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book Credit: Christie’s

 

For those flush with cash, an Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book is part of One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11 – to be held July 18 at Christie’s in New York.

The Timeline Book sat precisely between Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot ‘Buzz’ Aldrin as they made the historic landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Almost 50 years later to the day, it will be offered at auction at Christie’s.

Book value

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book was flown aboard the Lunar Module Eagle and annotated by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they landed on the Moon.

According to a Christie’s estimate the book’s value: $7,000,000-9,000,000.

Within moments after Eagle’s touchdown, Buzz Aldrin had written Eagle’s coordinates in the Sea of Tranquility on page 10 of the book — the first writing by a human being on a celestial body, other than Earth.

Buzz Aldrin had written Eagle’s coordinates in the Sea of Tranquility on page 10 of the book — the first writing by a human being on a celestial body, other than Earth.
Credit: Christie’s

Dusty memento

“The Timeline Book narrates the entire Eagle voyage from inspection, undocking, lunar surface descent and ascent, to the rendezvous with Michael Collins aboard the Command Module in lunar orbit. The book contains nearly 150 annotations and completion checkmarks made in real-time by Aldrin and Armstrong,” explains a Christie’s statement. “Traces of what appears to be lunar dust are on the transfer list pages that detail the movement of lunar rock samples and equipment from Eagle to Columbia.”

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book will be on view at Christie’s in Beijing (June 13-16), with later dates in San Francisco and Seattle to be announced.

For more information on this auction, along with video, go to:

https://www.christies.com/features/The-Apollo-11-Lunar-Module-Timeline-Book-comes-to-auction-9836-3.aspx

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